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Not really PAIF related: Make ahead meals

Hey everyone, I'm trying find some make-ahead (and freeze-able if possible) recipes. Anybody have any favorites? 

I really love this one despite all the chopping required:
Me - 35. DH - 40. TTC #1 since 9/2010. 
IUI #1-2 BFN
IUI #3 BFP = C/P
IUI #4-6 BFNs
IVF #1 Lupron and Gonal F: 29R 29M 28F
2 blastocysts transferred 12/14/13
Beta at 9dp5dt = 285; Beta at 12dp5dt = 925
It's twins! EDD 9/2/14

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Re: Not really PAIF related: Make ahead meals

  • I love make ahead meals! I'm trying to get a good list together for when after babies are here.

    These are my go-to's (sorry no recipes, I just wing them!)
    - Chili
    - Lasagna
    - Chicken Noodle Soup
    - Chicken Tortilla Soup
    - Breakfast burritos
    - Chicken enchiladas
    - Baked ziti

    For the soups you just hold off on adding the cream based items till you're putting it together.

  • Pinterest has a ton of recipes that have been great.
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  • I made Sunday gravy (slow-cooked meat sauce) and froze a bunch of it. Right now while I'm tired, we've been digging into it for a quick and easy dinner. I'm definitely doing it again. It's so good and so easy.

    I also made chili and froze some

    I've froze some crock pot chicken recipes in the past. Most of them were tasty and easy. This is the website I got a majority of them off of:
  • Do you have a crockpot?  If so, that's your new best friend!  Google "dump recipes" or "dump crockpot recipes."  Generally you dump a pound or 2 of chicken/beef in a freezer ziploc, add chopped veggies and sauce, and freeze it.  Thaw it the night before, then dump it in the crockpot in the morning (or a baking dish an hour before dinner) and bake it.

    Also google "OAMC" (once a month cooking) - there are several sites out there with lots of good tips, recipes, even shopping/planning lists.

    Quiche and lasagna are great for make ahead.  I made "unstuffed peppers" - a casserole of bell peppers, ground beef/turkey, etc. - and that worked out pretty well.  An easy way to start is if you're cooking dinner, making twice as much and freeze the second half.  Good luck!
    Me: 37 | DH: 38 | Married 9/2012, low AMH, high FSH
    First-ever BFP after IUI #4 (Follistim) - Baby Girl born (36w2d) 8/8/2014!
    TTC #2 since Feb 2015
    BFP 5/4/15
  • I made some pizza dough and will bake up a bunch of calzones for us this week to freeze for after the baby comes. I got all the inside ingredients and it is super easy.

    Also hoping to do some make ahead muffins and bars for when people come to visit.
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    TTC #1 since 1/10
    DX: Unexplained/??? MFI issues

    Our lil' lost sparks:
    5w3d loss 7/30/10 - EDD March 2011
    8w loss 4/15/11 - EDD November 2011
    8w3d loss 8/2/12 - EDD March 2013
    4w c/p loss 10/29/12 - EDD July 2013

    Long story: trying on our own + testing testing testing with 6 rounds of Clomid, more testing, injectables + TI, laparoscopy - one tube blocked, 2 IUIs with Follistim...BFNs.
    RPL testing all normal, Karyotyping normal

    Moving on to IVF.

    IVF #1 April 2012 = BFN, IVF #2 June 2012 = BFP. U/S 7/23 = saw heartbeat but measuring behind. Follow up U/S on 7/30 - no heartbeat. D&C 8/2. Trisomy 12. IVF #3 Oct 2012 = Chemical Pregnancy

    Phone consult with CCRM on 12/12/12 - ODWU 1/4/13 - both tubes clear(!) - AFC 24, AMH 3.2, FSH 9.6, LH 5.4, E2 25. DH has high frag rate but improved!
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    FET 5/31/13 of 1 4AA blast - thawed and expanded. 4dp5dt BFP.
    Beta 9dp5dt = 181, 11dp5dt = 427. 1st u/s showed a healthy heartbeat! EDD 2/16/14

    After 4 years of hoping and heartbreak, our sweet little bean was born on 2/19/14
    We are so in love with her.

    "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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  • Soups and pasta sauces are perfect for freezing. I know pinterest has a bunch of ideas for freezer meals!

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               June 2013: Hsg-Right tube blocked

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  • I don't know how this ISN'T related, LOL.  It's totally related.  I haven't felt much like cooking lately, so I hope that improves.  I have made this awesome recipe from Pioneer Woman that I got from my mom (who normally can't cook).  It is muy delicioso.  
    It's the one with the pepperoncinis.  My mom puts in her dutch oven I got her for Christmas and pops it in the oven, I use a crock pot.  Either way, I can't tell you how good this is.  

    I also love to make white chicken chili ahead.  I usually make a gigantic (really) pot of it, then pull out the pressure cooker and can at least 10 large jars of it.  Then, when I want some, I just add a bit of water and boil it for 10 minutes, add some sour cream and cheese - Voila!  Come to think of it, I should make some before these babies come.  Thanks for the ideas!~~
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    8/13 IVF#1.  Lupron/Follistim protocol - b/g twins born April 1 at 34 +1.  Luckiest woman in the world.
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  • Thanks for the ideas everyone! Also I did make Pioneer Woman's lasagna and it was great and pretty easy.
    Me - 35. DH - 40. TTC #1 since 9/2010. 
    IUI #1-2 BFN
    IUI #3 BFP = C/P
    IUI #4-6 BFNs
    IVF #1 Lupron and Gonal F: 29R 29M 28F
    2 blastocysts transferred 12/14/13
    Beta at 9dp5dt = 285; Beta at 12dp5dt = 925
    It's twins! EDD 9/2/14

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  • I love  They are broken down by month and also if you want traditional, vs diet or paleo or vegetarian.  Most of them have been pretty good so far!  Pinterest has a ton too.
    Married April 2009 
    TTC since May 2010 
    2011 Unexplained IF
    Spring 2012: Tried Clomid x3 with TI, BFN 
     IUI #1 with clomid Sept 2012 BFN 
    IUI #2 with clomid Nov 2012 BFN
    IVF #1 with half ICSI, 2 embryos BFN
    IVF/ICSI #2 May 2013 BFN
    FET Aug 2013  beta #1 247, beta #2 866!!!!!!!

    Due date 5/15/14!!!


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